During a heated letter to the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic mother of four boys decided to criticize girls and women for revealing their bodies in tight clothing. The conservative mother’s name is Maryann White, and she wanted to make it blatantly clear to the college that young women should stop wearing leggings because they expose too much leg for the sex-crazed young men out there.
Although White insisted that she was not trying to “infringe upon anyone’s rights,” many young women felt that the Catholic mom should just mind her own business and raise her four boys to be an example among men who respect women and do not treat them like meat.
White’s letter was written to the editor of The Observer, which is the newspaper that serves the University of Notre Dame.
“I’m not trying to insult anyone or infringe upon anyone’s rights,” White wrote. “I’m just a Catholic mother of four sons with a problem that only girls can solve: leggings.”
Because the mom believes that leggings are sinful, she said the tight pants “baffle” her as they are an “unforgiving garment.” However, she does not care that these articles of clothing are convenient and comfortable and attractive, she wants women to dress down so young men like her four sons do not attack these women or commit sexual assaults – as if she is blaming women for such crimes.
“Last fall, they obstructed painfully on my landscape I was at Mass at the Basilica with my family. In front of us was a group of young women, all wearing very snug-fitting leggings and all wearing short-waisted tops (so that the lower body was uncovered except for the leggings). Some of them truly looked as though the leggings had been painted on them.
“A world in which women continue to be depicted as ‘babes’ by movies, video games, music videos, etc. makes it hard on Catholic mothers to teach their sons that women are someone’s daughters and sisters. That women should be viewed first as people – and all people should be considered with respect.”
The mother failed to realize that it is her duty to raise her boys to treat women with respect regardless of what they are wearing – just as it is important to treat people of different religions with respect even if they wear religious garments.
“I was ashamed for the young women at Mass. I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn’t help but see their behinds. My sons know better than to ogle a woman’s body – certainly when I’m around (and hopefully, also when I’m not). They didn’t stare, and they didn’t comment afterward.”
White doesn’t care if women find leggings comfort. She says that being naked is comfortable for her, but she doesn’t go around like that.
“We don’t go naked because we respect the other people who must see us, whether they would or not.”
People were quick to point out that just because a woman wears leggings does not mean men are invited to sexualize their bodies.